Tag: Assad, Bashar al-

Victor in Syria’s War, Bashar al-Assad Faces Economic Meltdown

BEIRUT, Lebanon — President Bashar al-Assad, who has mostly won Syria’s civil war, now faces an acute economic crisis that has impoverished his people, brought about the collapse of the currency and fueled a rare public rift in the ruling elite. Government salaries have become nearly worthless. Protests against falling living standards have broken out […]

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His Family Fled Syria. He Didn’t Cry Until He Heard About His Sisters.

This is the third dispatch from a project following a family of five who fled Syria in 2015 and are now rebuilding their lives spread across four European cities. Read more about the project here. In summer 2015, when Yousef’s mother, Suhair, decided the family should leave Syria and began selling everything to fund their […]

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ISIS Prisoners Threaten U.S. Mission in Northeastern Syria

WASHINGTON — A year after American-backed forces seized the last remnant of territory under Islamic State rule in Syria, some 10,000 captured ISIS fighters in Kurdish-run wartime prisons pose “a significant risk” to the United States mission in the country’s northeast, military commanders say. Hardened ISIS fighters protesting the dire conditions in their makeshift confines, […]

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Germany Takes Rare Step in Putting Syrian Officers on Trial

BEIRUT, Lebanon — After her arrest for protesting against the government in Syria in 2011, Nouran Alghamian landed in a notorious interrogation center, locked in a bug-infested isolation cell so small that she couldn’t lie down. She begged to see the center’s commander, Anwar Raslan, and pleaded for a normal cell. Mr. Raslan laughed at […]

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Syria Used Chemical Weapons 3 Times in One Week, Watchdog Says

BEIRUT, Lebanon — An investigative team with the international group that monitors compliance with the chemical weapons ban accused the Syrian government on Wednesday of having launched three chemical weapons attacks on one village in northern Syria in March 2017, sickening scores of people. The team, established by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical […]

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U.N. Inquiry Into Syria Bombings Is Silent on Russia’s Role

A United Nations investigation into attacks on humanitarian sites in Syria concluded in a report released on Monday that the Syrian government or its allies had committed most of them — but failed to name Russia, the most important of those allies, as a perpetrator. The board of inquiry looked into just six of the […]

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‘Wash Our Hands? Some People Can’t Wash Their Kids for a Week.’

MAARAT MISRIN, Syria — In northwestern Syria, where a million people who have fled the civil war are sheltering in muddy tent camps and abandoned buildings, the spread of the coronavirus could wreak untold disaster on a devastated region. Forget hand washing and social distancing, the preventive measures recommended by health authorities around the world. […]

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‘He Didn’t Want to Lie in a Grave That Couldn’t Be Visited’

When my father died last April in Baltimore, he had finally given up the desire to be buried next to his parents in a cemetery in Damascus, Syria. That he had time to ponder where to be buried was the burden of knowing for several years that he was dying. It was also the luxury, […]

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With Cease-Fire in Place, Syrians Return for Belongings, but Not to Stay

BALYOUN, Syria — Families sifted through the bombed-out ruins of their shops and homes on Thursday in the front-line Syrian town of Balyoun, using a fragile cease-fire between Russia and Turkey to retrieve their belongings but voicing little trust that it would last. “We will never come back,” said Isam Alloush, a flash of sorrow […]

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‘The Only Choice Is to Wait for Death’

IDLIB, Syria — Before the war in Syria, Idlib city, with its tree-lined avenues and white-stone buildings, was known for its calm, provincial air. Today it overflows with families who fled the war in other parts of Syria, swelling the population to nearly a million people. Some shelter in bombed-out buildings. Those who can’t find […]

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Putin and Erdogan Reach Accord to Halt Fighting in Syria

MOSCOW — After six hours of talks at the Kremlin, the presidents of Russia and Turkey on Thursday announced what they said was a deal to halt fighting in the Syrian region of Idlib, calming a volatile conflict that had pushed the two countries to the brink of open war. They said the agreement included […]

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Turkey Declares Major Offensive Against Syrian Government

ISTANBUL — Turkey said on Sunday that it was launching a major counteroffensive against the Syrian government, for the first time openly declaring war on the government of Bashar al-Assad and steeply escalating Ankara’s involvement in Syria’s nine-year war. The announcement came three days after Turkey suffered its worst military losses in a single attack […]

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In Syria and Libya, Trump Is Torn Over 2 Wars, and 2 Strongmen

WASHINGTON — President Trump has long sought to avoid confronting the leaders of Turkey and Russia — two foreign strongmen who are facing off in civil wars in Syria and Libya. But after an airstrike on Thursday that killed dozens of Turkish troops in northwest Syria, Mr. Trump may be forced to pick a side. […]

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Children Freeze to Death as Attack Prompts Largest Exodus of Syrian War

REYHANLI, Turkey — The baby wasn’t moving. Her body had gone hot, then cold. Her father rushed her to a hospital, going on foot when he could not find a car, but it was too late. At 18 months, Iman Leila had frozen to death. In the half-finished concrete shell that had been home since […]

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Syria’s Drawn-Out Agony

The Syrian civil war has entered its end game and it is as gruesome and fraught as any stretch in the hellish nine-year struggle. As the Syrian troops of Bashar al-Assad, backed by Russia, move to clear the last rebel-held enclave in northwestern Syria, some 900,000 civilian refugees — more than half of them children […]

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Russians Pressure U.S. Forces in Northeast Syria

WASHINGTON — Russia is intensifying a pressure campaign on U.S. military forces in northeastern Syria following the American withdrawal from much of that area ahead of a Turkish cross-border offensive last fall, American military and diplomatic officials say. Russian military personnel have increasingly had run-ins with U.S. troops on highways in the region, breaking agreements […]

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